Investigating General Workplace Safety

This week we investigate general workplace safety and an overview of recent statistics paints a frightening picture.

The below information is taken from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website:

  • For the period January – June 2012, 19 fatalities were recorded
  • 19 fatalities included 17 workers and 2 bystanders
  • This figure includes fatalities resulting from work related trauma at the workplace only. It does not include commuting fatalities / medical intervention or natural causes.
  • The rural sector (including agriculture, forestry and fishing) and the construction sector had the highest number of fatalities (6 each).
  • The most common nature of injury for fatalities during the period was ‘internal injury of chest, abdomen and pelvis’ and ‘Multiple injuries’ (6 each), followed by ‘brain injury’ and ‘electrocution’ (2 each)
  • Being hit by objects’ was the most common incident mechanism (5) among fatalities during the period, followed by ‘vehicle incidents’ (3)
  • ‘Farm Worker’ was the most common occupation group (5) for workers who died during the period, followed by ‘plant operator’ and ‘truck driver’ (3 each). Bystanders accounted for 2 deaths

Makes for sober reading doesn’t it.

As passionate safety professionals, NT encourages all workers to be actively and consciously aware of staying safe at the workplace each and every day / night.

Part Time Work Australia

There are many reasons why people may be looking for part time work in Australia. Part time work is ideal for travellers wanting to fund their exploits, students wanting to work their way through uni, parents juggling children with responsibilities and those needing to supplement their major source of income to meet their bills. The hospitality and construction industries are both great sources of part time work in Australia with a range of unskilled jobs offering flexible hours and shift work.

The hospitality industry is well known for its shift work and covers food preparation, waitressing, kitchen hand jobs and bar work. Those wanting to acquire work within hospitality will benefit from a food safety online course or Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) online course. The Food Safety online course covers basic food handling safety requirements and is beneficial to anyone wishing to work where food is prepared and served. The RSA is a legal requirement for anyone working where alcohol is served including bars, clubs and restaurants, and covers a range of topics related to the safe, responsible service of alcohol.

The construction industry is another industry with part time work opportunities in Australia. Labouring jobs often offer flexible conditions and hours and can be worked around other responsibilities like uni or full time employment. Many construction sites offer weekend work and casual conditions. All construction industry jobs require a White Card, including labouring jobs and cleaning jobs where construction is being carried out.

Narbil Training offers the White Card online course, Responsible Service of Alcohol online course and the Food Safety online course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The courses take an average of 2 to 4 hours to complete and our pass now & pay later offer means there are no up-front fees.

Backpackers Jobs in Australia

Australia, with its stunning beaches, rugged outback and world class cities, is a popular destination for backpackers and students on their gap year. Most backpackers have a limited budget and in order to see the country will need to somehow supplement their savings. The hospitality industry and the construction industry are two industries offering a large range of casual and seasonal work ideal for backpackers.  In order to work in these industries backpackers will need a White Card (CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry), RSA (SITHFAB009A Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol), a Food Handling/Safety Certificate (SITXOHS002A – Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures) or all three!

The White Card is valid throughout all Australian states and territories and is necessary to work in all jobs, both skilled and unskilled in the construction industry ranging from labourers and landscapers through to carpenters and plumbers. Get a White Card.

The Responsible Service of Alcohol Course – RSA is a legal requirement for anyone working where alcohol is served including all bars, pubs and night clubs and licensed restaurants. Backpackers looking for bar jobs will have to complete this course before starting any work within this industry. Get your RSA Certificate.

Hospitality is another industry providing a great range of jobs for backpackers in Australia, and the food safety course is often a requirement or an advantage in all restaurants, bars, cafes and retail outlets that serve food.  Get your Food Handling and Safety Certificate.

Narbil Training provides all three of these courses in a simple online course format.  The courses can be done on any computer with internet at anytime, day or night, and are quick, easy and affordable. We also offer a pass now, pay later service with no payment required until the course is finished.

The majority of backpacker jobs in Australia will require certification of some kind, so those planning to work in Australia will be at an advantage if they acquire a White Card, RSA or Food Handling/Food Safety certificate before setting off.

RSA News Universities to Address Drinking Issues

An eminent panel of West Australians raised ideas about closing university taverns, incorporating alcohol education into all degrees and making volunteer work compulsory before graduation.

Universities in Australia are tantamount with drinking and the problem was made a prime topic at a forum on universities’ expectations conducted by Curtin University. The forum included Karl O’Callaghan – the Police Commissioner and Governor Malcolm McCusker’s wife Tonya McCusker – McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth’s philanthropic sponsor.

Ms McCusker believes that although universities are places where students go to obtain education, they share a responsibility to extend their views towards community and health initiatives. She said that it is a critical stage in which students enter universities. They have the freedom to do anything they like and the drinking culture is one that needs to be more responsible. Universities are expected to address this issue.

Ms McCusker said that universities did a great job with smoking, especially in Western Australia where every university campus was smoke-free. But when it comes to the alcohol culture, she believes it needs quick and stringent addressing. Responsible service of alcohol (RSA) is a course that is fundamental if you are looking for jobs in the hospitality sector. By undergoing a RSA course, workers at bars will be more responsible while serving alcohol to youngsters, knowing fully well that young blood is dumb blood.

Small Bars in Sydney Responsible for Big Trouble

The New South Wales government will review the rules that govern the institution of Sydney’s small bars with George Souris – the Hospitality Minister – suggesting that they contribute to issues in areas like Kings Cross. The 2008 State Parliament laws make it quicker and cheaper to establish small bars by eliminating application fees and red tape.

Clove Moore, Sydney’s lord mayor and Member of Parliament led the push, but faced strong opposition from the hotel industry which said that they would practice the standards of responsible alcohol service. The death of Thomas Kelly – a teenager and the response of the government to the violence in Kings Cross saw Mr. Souris give an interview in which he said that the surveillance, supervision and compliance levels were very low in small bars. The bigger bars associated with gambling have better surveillance and supervision as compared to the smaller venues.

Mr. Souris’ main concern was regarding the impact of small bars’ “proliferation” that surrounded Kings Cross after the law was changed. The proliferation was among the contributors to problems of violence related to alcohol in Kings Cross, according to Mr. Souris.

The importance of responsible service of alcohol has increased all the more following these events in Australia. Anyone wishing to work in the hospitality industry must have the necessary certification that prepares them to take informed decisions with regard to the service of alcohol and handling of on-premise alcohol-related incidences.

Preventing Underage Drinking with RSA Training

Underage drinking is a serious issue that affects children in more ways than imagined. In most parts of Australia, the legal drinking for alcohol is 18. However, not all teenagers follow that rule as their curious mind leads them to experiment with alcohol and drugs. One of the biggest dangers of alcohol consumption by underage kids is faced by health. Alcohol is harmful not just in the long run, but also to young growing children.

Teenagers are at risk of getting addicted to alcohol as they are left unsupervised. Addiction to alcohol not only causes health problems but can also lead to psychological deviancies like drunk driving, domestic abuse and behavioural problems. What starts as a simple experiment with alcohol can lead to more serious and life-threatening substances.

If you are part of the hospitality industry, you can help prevent underage drinking by taking online training courses in responsible service of alcohol. RSA training can help you identify underage patrons and refuse service whenever necessary. Training in RSA can help you understand the laws surrounding the sale of alcohol as well as responsible service. This type of training discourages underage patrons from purchasing alcohol at your establishment and educates the youth on the ill-effects of alcoholism.

Countries Around the World Calling For a Participation in RSA Courses

Every worker around the world should think about getting an RSA training certificate. In Ireland, a national charity for alcohol related issues known as Alcohol Action Ireland, strongly encourages staff and workers who serve and sell alcohol to take a mandatory training for RSA and obtain an RSA certificate.

Director of Alcohol Action Ireland Fiona Ryan said that alcohol being a licensed product, workers who sell and serve it should do it responsibly. Serving alcohol is not the same as serving juice or milk. Ryan even added that standardized programmes for getting RSA trainings should be made.

Even for other countries that having an RSA certificate is not mandatory, workers who have this kind of certificate will definitely have an edge over people who had not yet taken the RSA training. Many countries around the world call for a participation in RSA programmes to certify that know what legal responsibilities are included in serving alcohol. Some countries like Ireland also are calling for a mandatory RSA certificate for renewing and granting licenses to sell alcohol to alcohol sellers.

The RSA training courses require an understanding of several legal responsibilities in serving and selling alcohol. Taking a programme like this would also indicate that a worker is willing to comply with the regulations in serving and selling alcohol.  Indeed, if you own in a liquor store or in a bar then it is definitely an advantage to encourage your workers to get RSA training so that they could obtain a certificate.

Learning about Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

If you are from Australia and looking to work in the liquor industry for example a bar owner, you must enrol for Responsible Service of Alcohol or RSA as it’s widely known. The government does not allow individuals to work in bars without undergoing training courses for the said field.  RSA is a training course that allows individuals to work and is a requirement for the job.

This online training course only needs a computer, internet connection, and a few hours to read the course material that is being provided.  After reading and performing the training course, it will help the individual to know the responsible services and marketing of alcoholic drinks, restricting customers who drink beyond their limit and assessment of clients before serving them alcoholic drinks.

It is very important for bartenders to understand that alcohol must be sold according to the ordinances and laws of Australia regarding liquor and alcoholic beverages.  Individuals who enrolled in this online training course will have the chance to familiarise themselves with different beverages, they will be taught about identifying their customer’s drinking habits, how to handle scenarios brought upon by drunk people and many more.  They could also prevent alcohol related crimes in their area by knowing what to do in specific scenarios.

Indeed, being a bartender is not as easy as it seems to be but once you complete the RSA online training course and receive approval, you will be eligible to work in the liquor industry at any premise nationwide.  Build your skill with a RSA online training course today!